The Rocket Summer‘s multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter, and performer, Bryce Avary, shares his new single, “Blankets,” today. The track is the fourth single from the upcoming, new album, Sweet Shivers, due out in two weeks, on August 2, 2019.
The synth-heavy song envelops the listener in a concept of surrender that all of us can relate to and embodies the struggle of trying to stay alive amidst the harsh realities of life. Avary’s lyrics show that finding the everyday beauty within the world really helps the process: “speakers on, cruise the streets, by your side, fantasy. windows down, let the air, fill your lungs, mess your hair.” He also suggests that there is power in numbers and that we’re not in this alone: “stay alive with me, blankets over my eyes I too can’t see.”
“Sweet Shivers” (which comes from a lyric in ‘Blankets’) is referring to an emotion: a feeling of excitement and joy in the unknown, even if the unknown itself is more dressed up in less than ideal feelings of uncertainty. A letting go of sorts; beauty in the free fall. Sonically, to me, the melancholic yet contrastingly hopeful spirit within the journey of the free fall is what this song sounds like. “
With insight on how “Blankets” came to be, Avary says:
I wrote the song in the middle of the night watching fuzzy TV in a cabin in rural Texas, long before I tracked it, but I’ll never forget what it was like having to cut this vocal in the studio only 2 hours after catching wind that my childhood friend had taken her life. While only parts of the song point to that type of narrative, I think it will forever resonate with me as a lyric that just simply needs to be sung.
Listen to Blankets below:
The Rocket Summer recently announced a 28-date North American tour. Fans will not only get to hear the new songs live for the first time but can look forward to singing along to their favorite TRS classics. The up to 2-hour sets will have the quintessential high octane energy that Avary brings to every performance, balanced with intimate, cerebral moments, a delicate craft that Avary has curated and evolved since the dawn of his career.
VIP packages are available for all shows and include: one (1) general admission ticket, early entrance, an acoustic performance, an exclusive VIP tour laminate, a signed poster, and a meet & greet that includes a photo opp. An optional add-on is also available for anyone who wants a signed vinyl copy of Sweet Shivers. VIP and general admission tickets are all on sale now. Tickets & details can be found at therocketsummer.com.